Sen. Washington Chalks Up First Endorsements of Mayoral Bid

    State Sen. Mary L. Washington (D-Baltimore City) is rolling out the first round of endorsements for her mayoral campaign.

    The list includes colleagues in the Maryland General
    Assembly, City Council candidates, ministers, Baltimore community activists and small business owners.

    “Last session, I had the pleasure of working with Senator Washington in our successful effort to pass the Water Taxpayer Protection Act, ending the horrible practice where people lost their homes or places of worship because of water bills,” the Rev. Keith Bailey said in a statement. “Mary doesn’t just sit around and talk about getting things done. She fights for what’s right and she produces results. She will end the status quo of corruption and dysfunction in City Hall.”

    In addition to Bailey, the list of prominent people endorsing Washington’s candidacy features:

    — Natasza Bock, President, Violetville and Saint Agnes Community Association
    — Sharon Brackett, engineering business executive and community activist
    — Rev. Dr. Heber Brown III
    — Kevin Brown, co-Owner of Nancy by SNAC
    — Joan Cox, former president of Maryland LGBT Chamber of Commerce
    — Maureen Daly, Charles Village activist
    — James DeGraffenreidt, former chairman and CEO of Washington Gas
    — Mimi Demissew, Pride Center of Maryland executive director
    — Jan Eveland, Brooklyn attorney and activist
    — Edna Fleming, West Baltimore small business owner
    — Frank and Pat Gorman, community advocates

    — Rev. Mark James
    — State Sen. Cheryl C. Kagan (D-Montgomery)
    — Joe Kane, Baltimore City Council candidate
    — State Sen. Delores G. Kelley (D-Baltimore County)
    — Del. Ariana B. Kelly (D-Montgomery)
    — John E. Kyle, president, State Center Neighborhood Alliance
    — Francesco Legaluppi, Villages at Homeland activist
    — Former state Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr. (D-Montgomery)
    — Dr. Neal Naff, Baltimore City
    — Tori Rose, Baltimore City Council candidate
    — Angie Winder, community advocate

    “I’m humbled to have the support of my legislative colleagues and from people all across
    Baltimore City,” Washington said in a statement. “I am running a true people-powered campaign that includes small business owners and community activists because these are the voices that have been left out of City Hall for too long.”

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